Happy March everyone! Woo we are one step closer to spring..can I get the hands up emoji?! Anyways, I am here today to not only wish you a Happy March but to share the 10 things that I do that help me stay sane or even distress. If you are Catholic like I am, today is the Ash Wednesday which is simply the first day of Lent. Lent is more about giving up bad things from your life but to focus more on the meaning of Easter. Instead of giving up junk food, I always like to focus on things that make me a better person or make me feel better about myself. It is a time to reflect and give thanks.
- Go outside. It is as easy as that! I captured this beautiful photo last week when I was able to leave work early (and it was still light out at 5:30..the little things people). I went for a long walk and it was a perfect way to destress from a long week and just let me focus on myself and my music. I love walking and luckily in NYC I do a ton of it. But living by the water makes it that much easier and it is a lot more open than the crowded sidewalks. Take 30 mins to yourself by simply just walking outside.
- Get a journal. One of my friends purchased this journal where you write anywhere from a sentence – paragraph about your day, every day, and I think it is such a fun thing to do before before. You can reflect on the day, whether good or bad, and document it. I love the One Good Dead a Day journal too.
- Volunteer! There are so many ways to volunteer out there even if you live in a tiny town. I have mentioned this before but I am a Big Sister in the NYC Big Brother Big Sisters Program and it honestly brings SO much joy to my life.
- Clean your closet / pantry. I know, this sounds crazy but you will be so refreshed when it is completed. I need to do it myself!
- Book a trip. I’m aware that this is not the slightest bit easy but when I book a trip it gives me something to look forward to. In college, I would always (except senior year) be counting down the weeks until break and when you hit the real world, there are no such thing as break. It sucks, I know but that is why you need to find things to motivate you or give you something to look forward too.
- Splurge on something you have had your eye on. This is my splurge and I am hoping to pull the trigger soon.
- Facetime your parents. As you grow older so do your parents. You are literally their entire world and when you spend 30 mins or even 10 mins of your busy weekend to give them a call you make their day. My parents always thank me for calling them and it honestly breaks my heart. Why are they thanking me for a simple phone call? I owe them everything!
- Get a good book to read. This is something that I struggle with because I honestly can’t find the time to read. I have gotten in routines of reading before bed but my eyes are so tired from staring at the computer screen all day at work and the last thing I want to do is read. However, when I have a good book I always find myself reading whenever I can..even on the subway!
- Learn to say no. You don’t have to do everything and it is OK to say no. People get it. Trust me.
- Say thanks and count your blessings. As easy as that! Not everyone is as lucky as you.
What are some things that you love doing?